Tamim credits McKenzie for record knock
Tamim Iqbal, after playing career-best 158 against Zimbabwe in the second ODI, has credited the batting coach Neil McKenzie for helping me to get through the tough times and find back form.
The Chattogram-born batsman thanked McKenzie as well as his teammates for keeping faith in him despite recent poor form with the bat in hand, and added that he is more matured than ever to handle such pressure situations.
“I’m grateful to the team management and my teammates for not making me feel that I can’t deliver the way they want. They kept on believing in me. The credit for this innings completely goes to them.
“Normally, we batsmen go to him (Neil Mckenzie) whenever we face any problem. We like to have his advice. His advice may work for me but maybe not for Liton. It depends on the individual. He is a kind person, who is always helping everyone, and also helped me as much as he could.”
Tamim also claimed that he played with the same mindset during his record-breaking 158-run knock that he always does.
“To be honest, I didn’t do anything different from what I was previously doing, in the last game. Only thing was I got a few deliveries on my pads and was able to flick them away for a boundary. I played cricketing shots until I reached my hundred and then played more aggressively. Also a lot of the shots I played went to the boundary, which wasn’t the case in many of my previous innings.
“So just seeing the number of balls I played and the number of runs I got, it might seem like I changed a lot of things but that’s not the case. The mindset I have when batting at other times, was the same mindset I had yesterday. I always have a positive intent when batting,”